Countries without government trust have performed badly in #COVID19, even when you account for differences in population age and size, and the timing of the pandemic New analysis in via , Sawyer Crosby , and me 1/
Around the world, low trust in government correlates with poor performance in combating COVID-19, , Sawyer Crosby, and write.
Around the world, low trust in government correlates with poor performance in combating COVID-19, , Sawyer Crosby, & write.
What matters re performance vs Covid is not the kind of government but the degree of trust the society has in its government. US doing badly b/c of actions & words of Potus, CDC, many state & local leaders along with social media & some cable & talk radio.
History is full of examples of breakdowns in government trust that helped infections spread. The correlation between low trust in government and poor pandemic response holds true today, write , Sawyer Crosby, and .
“A public that trusts its government is likelier to follow its guidance; the government builds and maintains that trust by issuing advice and assessing risk in a manner that is timely, honest, and based on science.”
Government trust assumes an outsize role when threat is new to a population that does not already perceive itself as vulnerable 7/
New analysis in found that countries without government trust have performed badly in #COVID19 (chart below). These findings underscore the importance of having a government that citizens trust and listen to at every step.
“Government exists to protect us from each other,” Reagan once said, but goes “beyond its limits . . . in deciding to protect us from ourselves” When applied to pandemics, Reagan was wrong & so are policymakers, in esp. in US, who have adopted this view
In #COVID19, many of successful nations have direct experience with past coronavirus outbreaks, such as SARS or MERS, or recent history high level of endemic infectious disease An already high risk perception relies less on government to convey risk 8/
The result, I am very sad to say, speak for themselves 15/15
For everyone else, public trust an the honest, full appraisal of risk from government & its leaders clearly matters 9/
The good news is that can be earned in crisis A government builds & maintains that trust by issuing science-based advice and timely, honest assessment of risk Again, we saw with Ebola 10/
Governments Have to Earn It - the importance of trust in fighting a pandemic - interesting read from ⁦⁩ ⁦